Just south of the town of Square Butte, Montana and just northwest of the actual Square Butte there are some great formations and photo opportunities. Out on Flat Creek road I was able to find some great shots that capture the beauty of Central Montana that is rarely seen. I highly recommend the trip between Fort Benton down to Stanford, Montana. From this road you have so much access to unlimited scenic views, and photo opportunities. From Great Fall up to Fort Benton, down to Sanford, and Back to Great Falls is about a 166 mile round trip. To see some of the things along the way such as down town Fort Benton, Lost Lake, Square Butte, Huckleberry ice cream in Stanford, a burger and a beer at the Brew Pub in Belt you may want to budget the entire day. Whether you are a photographer or just want to get away with your family for the day this is a great day trip. To say it is off of the “beaten path” is an understatement.
In the past weeks I have been spending a little time in Fort Benton, Montana photographing and doing some research on it’s past and current culture. I have found some interesting sites and plenty of great photo opportunities. Just below the train station and Shep memorial (seen in the background) there is an old steam boat that sits in the middle of the field just off of the road. I pulled off to the side of the road and walked over to investigate. As I was walking up to it, I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of the raccoon that I think is living in a hole up on the deck (bummer). with one trip around and about 30 shots later it looked like I was getting some company. Up pulled a little grey Subaru with a lady, her dog, and what appeared to be her granddaughter. I had to laugh because I thought I was in trouble for trespassing ( I was standing next to the “No Trespassing” sign). First words out of her mouth with a big-ol smile was “Do you want to buy it”? I will be honest, I didn’t see that one coming. I politely explained that I don’t have the money OR a place to put it…. To make a long story short, this was apparently her late husbands “art studio”. Up the stairs was where her husband would paint and find inspiration. (talk about being the captain of your own ship) What I thought was going to be a hostile and well deserved lexure ended up being about a great 30min conversation with a neat lady.
When I was looking at this I thought it would make a great HDR shot. I think it was a good call… You tell me!
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I have to be honest…I have felt like a kid at Christmas for weeks now. I can’t express in words how excited I was when I hear that Brian Morger has come out with a new painting. Then when I saw his painting and the story behind it…. again completely blown away! I don’t know how many of you know the story of Shep, but it is an amazing story of the bond between man and his dog. Brian has the amazing ability to capture that moment in time. The captured moment in time shows Shep greeting passengers on his almost 6 year vigil waiting for his master’s return. I have spent a lot of time in Fort Benton over the last few weeks photographing and researching this story. Spending time in Fort Benton, I have been able to meet some of the people and feel the history. Fort Benton at one point in time was the innermost port in the country. Flat bottom paddle boats would come all the way from the Gulf Of Mexico to bring goods to the frontier. Click on the picture to follow the link to the story of Shep and Brian Morger’s “the Long Goodbye”.